Central Arizona DX Association
CADXA is the largest ham radio DX club in Arizona with over 140 members, many of whom are on the ARRL's DXCC Honor Roll. We have several members who have traveled to distant places to put "rare" countries on the air. We encourage any ham interested in DXing to join our club and learn about the many aspects of talking to hams around the globe who share this amazing hobby with us. Founded in 1974, we are an ARRL-affiliated club and a member club of the Amateur Radio Council of Arizona (ARCA).
The February meeting will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday night, February 7th, at the PERA Club. Our ARRL Arizona Section Manager, Rick Paquette, W7RP, will present an update of the ARRL - AZ Activities and an update on statewide and nationwide ham issues such as antenna restrictions, distracted driving legislation, where ham radio is going, and a comprehensive
summary of the recent ARRL Board Of Directors' meeting in Newington. Included in his talk will be a forum to learn what members feel about what's going on, and what their real concerns are.
Please feel free to arrive early to socialize with your friends. Refreshments will be served at the break. Guests are always welcome. The new parking lot south of the PERA Club is the place to park for the meeting while building construction continues in the old parking lot.
We had over 70 people at the Banquet last month and enjoyed an exceptionally goods meal at the PERA Club. Our program was also exceptional. Don Sears, N7PLL, has been a camera operator at NBC for many years in many different places, including several Olympics. His program was "From Camera to TV: How the Olympics gets from the ski slope to your home". It takes 100 shipping containers, thousands of miles of cables, and several thousand staff members for NBC to broadcast the Olympics every two years (summer and winter versions). Don gave us a unique behind the scenes look at the technology we take for granted sitting in living room easy chairs.
The Presidential Service Award went to Bob Davies for his ongoing support of the club as Historian, Raffle Prize Guru, and Nominating Committee Chair among other club efforts.
The DX'er of the Year plaque went to Mickey Leboeuf, K5ML, who continues to demonstrate that even in an HOA-restricted community, chasing DX can be done very successfully. His stealth antennas give him a big signal that competes well in DX pile-ups against stations with tall towers and acres of land to spare.
Congratulations to both of our winners. Well done!!!
From DX Heat
Have you given up on DXing because of what people tell you about the "bad sunspot cycle"? That's barely half true. It is true that you won't find much to work on 10 meters right now. But, there is plenty of DX to be worked. You just have to be on 17, 20, 30, and 40 meters. In fact, 20 meters is plenty by itself.
Want proof? Look at the CQ DX Marathon scores. The DX Marathon is a year long competition (details here: http://www.dxmarathon.com/) organized around the idea of “how many DXCC can you work in a year?” The DX Marathon web site shows that Mixed DXCC is nearly as good no matter what the state of the sunspots. For instance:
These charts plot recent totals from the top five finishers as scores and as a fraction of the best year, 2015. The difference between peak years and years like 2019 is only about 3 per cent. That’s just as true for you as it is for a top station. So, it means you can work just about as much DX in 2019 as you ever did.
Looking at the scores for the top 5 CADXA entries in the Marathon shows that 10 and 12 meters are down from a peak year, but the scores from 17, 20, and 40 meters are well over 200 countries. Now, these represent better than average stations and better than average skill. But, it shows that the opportunity is there. There will, by all precedent, be about 260 to 280 DXCC available to work in 2019. Right here from Arizona, we all have the chance to work most of them. Even a modest station can expect to work nearly as many DXCC as in any peak sunspot year.
Finally, as I begin my term as President, I want to give a shout-out to Lee, KY7M, who led us so ably in recent years. We will miss your leadership “at the top”, Lee, and I look forward to your counsel as Past President.
Announced DX Operations
CADXA Repeater and Net
The K5VT repeater is open to all DX enthusiasts. Our CADXA net is on hiatus while the club explores the possibility of moving the repeater to a new location.
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